With athletic vocals and a knack for writing expressive songs with strong melodies that resonate with young fans, Dan + Shay (Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney) stand out as a leading duo in the current pantheon of US pop-country proponents – albeit in a less rowdy, subtler style than harder edged rivals. ‘Tequila’ is a smash hit of 2018, owing less to getting drunk than the power of lubricating memories. Mooney goes toe to toe with powerhouse diva Kelly Clarkson on the big anthem ‘Keeping Score’ and emerges unscathed, transcending comparisons to Rascal Flatts’ Gary LeVox with vocals both ‘lithe’ and ‘brawny’, according to Rolling Stone.
Complementing their signature infectious grooves, Dan + Shay continue to connect lyrically via the theme of love – finding it, living it, and losing it. Exhibiting their accessibility, the duo’s video for ‘Speechless’, features footage from their real-life weddings, saying the song was inspired by the sight of their respective brides walking down the aisle marry them on each of their wedding days.